We all have them, but nobody likes them.
The cause of blackheads is simple enough; excess sebum and dead skin cells that have accumulated and oxidised in a widened hair follicle. But to get rid of them is no simple feat. There are many beauty products that promise to magically remove them, but only few really do the job. Fortunately, K-beauty has some of the best blackhead busting tips and products that can dissolve those pesky black dots forever:
Cleanse & Exfoliate
The first and most important rule of preventing blackheads is to keep your skin clean. Buildup of dirt, oil or dead skin cells can eventually lead to skin issues such as blackheads, acne and whiteheads. Do your double cleansing religiously, and don’t forget to exfoliate to get rid of makeup, dirt and oil. Make sure you have a dedicated exfoliant such as the COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid, which clears out impurities while minimising enlarged pores.
If you’re looking for an easy, no-fuss blackhead removing product, pores strips are the way to go. And no, not those irritating Biore pore strips! I’m talking about the COSRX Blackhead Remover Mr.RX Kit, which will get rid of those pesky blackheads in three simple steps. This 3-step kit “opens up” your pores before extracting impurities, and comes with a “Relaxing Sheet” (infused with centella asiatica and hyaluronic acid!) to calm your skin after extraction.
Use an Exfoliating Pad
Another alternative to your normal scrubs or chemical exfoliant is to use an exfoliating pad like the Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon. These dual-sided pads provide both chemical and physical exfoliation to buff away dead skin cells and dry flakes. They also use lactic acid—a gentle AHA that effectively exfoliates pores. These easy-to-use pads take less than a minute to use, and will leave you with a serious glow.
Clay masks like the I’m From Volcanic Mask are great for drawing out excess oil and impurities, while minimising the appearance of enlarged pores. Mineral-based clays, like kaolin and bentonite, also helps normalise excess sebum production on the skin to prevent future formation of blackheads.
Lots of people get frustrated when they don't see immediate results with new products, or don't understand why blackheads keep coming back. Maintenance is actually the key to getting rid of blackheads, since your pores are constantly producing sebum and your skin is constantly shedding (it's a natural, inevitable process). You've just got to find the right skin care routine, and stick with it!